Delafield in Waukesha County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Increase A. Lapham (1811-1875), for whom the peak is named, was a New Yorker who came to Wisconsin in 1836 as an engineer for Byron Kilbourn’s ill-fated Milwaukee and Rock River Canal project. He later settled in the Oconomowoc area where he resided until his death.
Lapham, best remembered as the father of the United States Weather Bureau, also was recognized as a pioneer scholar, botanist, geologist, archeologist and scientist. He mapped many areas of state, including Milwaukee County, of which Waukesha County was then a part.
He served as State Geologist, was a founder and president of the State Historical Society, a founder of the Milwaukee Female Seminary (later Milwaukee Downer College), and a member of the board of trustees of Carroll College.
He made a survey
Erected 1988 by Waukesha County Historical Society. (Marker Number 05-03.)
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Location. 43° 1.947′ N, 88° 23.558′ W. Marker is in Delafield, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Marker can be reached from County Route C one mile south of Interstate 94, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in the Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Morraine State Forest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Delafield WI 53018, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Lapham Peak (within shouting distance of this marker); Hawks Inn (approx. 2 miles away); Delafield Fish Hatchery (approx. 2.1 miles away); Cushing Memorial Park (approx. 2.3 miles away); St. John's Military Academy (approx. 2.3 miles away); Northwestern Military and Naval AcademyWaterville (approx. 2˝ miles away); Bishop Jackson Kemper Home Built 1849 (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delafield.
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1. Increase Lapham Claim to Fame
Increase Lapham's claim to fame was his work with meteorology and helping the Smithsonian Institution with weather observation in the Great Lakes region. He proposed a national weather service to Congress, and it was adopted on Feb. 9, 1870. At that time, a national weather station was set up here to receive data from Pikes Peak, Colorado, which was then relayed to the Weather Bureau in Chicago.
— Submitted June 4, 2011, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
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